UCL Educational Psychology


Objective Structured Professional Assessments (OSPAs)

Project Summary

This web-page provides information about Educational Psychology OSPAs. The structure for these were developed in 2013-14 by a project team from the following universities: UCL (Prof Sandra Dunsmuir & Jane Lang), Southampton (Dr Sarah Wright) and Manchester (Dr Cathy Atkinson) funded by the Higher Education Academy (HEA). The aim was to develop an assessment protocol for Trainee Educational Psychologists to demonstrate their professional competence when working with young people aged 16-25 years. OSPAs have been embedded in EP training at UCL and Southampton since then and have been developed and strengthened over time. You will find information relating to the practicalities of preparing for and undertaking OSPAs as well as some useful references by clicking on the tabs below.

What is an OSPA?
Guidance for Trainee EPs
OSPA Video
Publications and other documents